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"A fiercely held modesty": The experiences of women studying mathematics. (English)
N. Z. J. Math. 32, Suppl., 9-18 (2003).
This paper draws on a study of young women’s experiences of studying undergraduate mathematics. We briefly introduce the work, and reflect on some of the theoretical and methodological questions that arose for us. We then present some interview data and argue that, although individual women’s responses are distinctive, there are nonetheless a number of common threads in their narratives and these relate to a difficulty in acknowledging their successes. We suggest that dominant discourses around mathematical attainment make it hard for these women to position themselves as ’mathematicians". (Authors’ abstract)
Classification: C65
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